Why I’m Choosing to Go Plastic Free
Great news: I’m starting week #3 of going plastic free in July. And I know from the positive response to the poll question of my blog on June 30 that many of you have decided to join me. Thank you, Norwex Movement members and guests, for being a part of this journey!
As you know, I started by taking the Plastic Free Foundation’s Plastic Free July challenge. The tools, tips and resources that this amazing organization provides are helping millions of people worldwide reduce their use of plastic, even during times like these when reusable is not always an option.
And it comes at a vital time—even after working to reduce plastic waste for years, I was stunned to hear how much the pandemic is adding to the problem. We’re using billions and billions of single-use protective masks and gloves each month, and they’re turning up at an alarming rate in our waterways and oceans as this video shows: Instagram – Disposable Masks Discarded
Plastic Isn’t Pretty
It harms our bodies, our planet and the creatures that live here. Here are just some of the things I’ve learned and shared about plastic over the last few years:
- Plastic pollution is huge problem. And it’s getting bigger every day.
- Microplastic makes fish act weird. Fish that eat plastic are “less likely to thrive.” (I’m sure I would be too!)
- Plastic bags are a huge problem for marine life. Those flimsy little bags we get at the grocery store are often mistaken for food by sea turtles and other animals.
- 12 items in particular have been shown to harm sea turtles. In fact 52% of sea turtles worldwide have ingested some form of plastic.
- Plastics (and the chemicals in them) can harm humans. BPA and other chemicals found in plastics can leach toxic, estrogen-mimicking hormones into the foods and liquids they contain.
So What Can We Do?
Reducing the amount of plastic we rely on is really not that hard. As this fun video shows, everyone can make simple swaps that help reduce the plastic we think we need. YouTube: Plastic Free July – It’s as easy as this!
- Need help remembering to bring your reusable bags when you shop? These nine tips will help ensure you’re never without your reusable bag again.
- Learn to say “No” to single-use plastic straws. It can be as easy as a polite, “No straw please,” when placing your drink order.
- Support companies who shun plastic like Styrofoam®. Thankfully, more and more businesses are following this trend.
- Support grocery stores that have committed to going plastic free. Did you know that packaging accounts for about 40% of the plastic created worldwide?
- Practice the 5 R’s and help your family adopt this mindset also.
- Simple switches from plastic can help keep your family safer from harmful chemicals, too. Who knew that even plastic shower curtains could contain toxic chemicals?
- Norwex Movement: Why You Should Take the Plastic Free Challenge
- YouTube: Plastic Free July – It’s as easy as this!
- Plastic Free July: Videos
- Norwex Movement: Experts Warn of More Plastic than Fish in the Sea
- Norwex Movement: Plastic on the Menu? What You Need to Know about Microplastic
- Norwex Movement: The Plastic Bag: Is it on the Way OUT?
- Norwex Movement: The 12 Most Astonishing Things that Harm Sea Turtles [Infographic]
- Instagram: Discarded Disposable Masks
- Norwex Movement: The High Price of the Plastic Bag—And What You Can Do about It!
- Norwex Movement: “One Less Plastic Bottle”: Save Your Health
- Norwex Movement: 9 Ways to Remember Your Reusable Bags
- Norwex Movement: How to Make Plastic Straws Suck Less
- Norwex Movement: Businesses Are Saying NO to Foam Packaging
- Norwex Movement: Alert: Is There “Hidden Plastic” in Your Supermarket?